Fanny C. Liu
Fanny C. Liu received the degree of Diplom-Chemikerin (equivalent to M. Sc. in Chemistry) at the Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany. She attended the graduate school and received her Ph.D. in 2011 for her work on the development of optical biosensors for the label-free detection of biomolecular interactions in high-density peptide arrays at the Institute for Applied Physical Chemistry at the Heidelberg University. She received an award for the second-best undergraduate study of the year from BASF, Germany, and a three-years dissertation fellowship from the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. She joined Dr. Frank Breitling’s lab at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology from 2011 to 2014 to work on the development of peptide-based diodes for organic solar cells.
In August 2014, she joined Dr. Christian Bleiholder’s lab in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department of Florida State University, which specializes in Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS). Her earlier work in FSU focused on the mechanistic understanding of the trapped ion mobility spectrometry (TIMS) for biological application. Since 2017, her research focuses on the development and application of the tandem-trapped ion mobility spectrometry – mass spectrometry (tandem-TIMS/MS) as a novel structural analysis method to study protein complexes. As of October 2019, from her work at the FSU, she published five peer-reviewed articles and presented her research as oral presentations in five national and international scientific conferences. Further, she is a co-inventor in one patent application and is one of the awardees for the FSU Postdoc Travel Award for Spring 2019.
Utilizing her expertise in surface- and gas-phase chemistry, she would like to continue her work in establishing tandem-TIMS/MS as an analytical tool to investigate health relevant protein complexes and protein systems.